A Novel Portable Apparatus for Noninvasively Measuring Bone Density

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC07QA83P
Agency Tracking Number: 060577
Amount: $99,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: T3.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6F Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801-1721
DUNS: 114584175
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hongzhi Zhao
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 935-2800
Business Contact
 Yingyin Zou
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 935-2800
Email: kzou@bostonati.com
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 Not Available
 339 Weil Hall, P.O. Box 116550
Gainesville, FL, 32611
 (352) 392-9447
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The bone loss associated with extended space missions in astronaut represents a serious health threat, both over the flight period and upon returning to gravitational fields. Continuously monitoring bone qualities during prolonged space missions will lead to a better understanding of the progressive adaptation of bone loss in astronauts subject to both microgravity and aging, and the ensuing musculoskeletal complications such as osteoporosis. In this proposal, Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated (BATi), collaborated with University of Florida, proposes a portable and noninvasive ultrasound measurement apparatus for rapid assessment of human bone densities. With our unique approach and algorithm, the proposed device will have greater measurement accuracy and sensitivity than those of other noninvasive techniques. In addition, the self-calibration feature of the instrument will assure the diagnostic methodology to be accurate, fast, and simple.

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